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Famous People From South Dakota

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List of famous people from South Dakota, including photos when available. The people below are listed by their popularity, so the most recognizable names are at the top of the list. Some of the people below are celebrities born in South Dakota, while others are simply notable locals. If you're from South Dakota you might already know that these prominent figures are also from your hometown, but some of the names below may really surprise you. This list includes people who were born and raised in South Dakota, as well as those who were born there but moved away at a young age.

These people, like Myron Floren and Shawn Colvin include images when available.

If you want to answer the questions, "Which famous people are from South Dakota?" or "Which celebrities were born in South Dakota?" then this list is a great resource for you.
Brock Lesnar is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People From South Dakota
Age: 41

Birthplace: Webster, South Dakota, United States of America

Brock Edward Lesnar (; born July 12, 1977) is an American professional wrestler, and former mixed martial artist and professional football player currently signed to WWE, where he performs on ...more

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George McGovern is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From South Dakota
Dec. at 90 (1922-2012)

Birthplace: Avon, South Dakota, United States of America

George Stanley McGovern (July 19, 1922 – October 21, 2012) was an American historian, author, U.S. representative, U.S. senator, and the Democratic Party presidential nominee in the 1972 ...more

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Sparky Anderson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People From South Dakota
Dec. at 76 (1934-2010)

Birthplace: Bridgewater, South Dakota, United States of America

George Lee "Sparky" Anderson (February 22, 1934 – November 4, 2010) was an American Major League Baseball (MLB) player, coach, and manager. He managed the National League's Cincinnati ...more
Becky Hammon is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People From South Dakota
Age: 41

Birthplace: Rapid City, South Dakota

Rebecca Lynn Hammon (born March 11, 1977) is a Russian-American assistant coach for the San Antonio Spurs of the National Basketball Association (NBA) and a retired professional basketball ...more

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Russell Means is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People From South Dakota
Dec. at 73 (1939-2012)

Birthplace: USA, South Dakota, Pine Ridge Indian Reservation

Russell Charles Means (November 10, 1939 – October 22, 2012) was an Oglala Lakota activist for the rights of American Indian people, libertarian political activist, actor, writer and musician ...more

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Lawrence Lessig is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People From South Dakota
Age: 57

Birthplace: Rapid City, South Dakota, United States of America

Lester Lawrence Lessig III (born June 3, 1961) is an American academic, attorney, and political activist. He is the Roy L. Furman Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and the former director ...more
Joseph Hansen is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People From South Dakota
Dec. at 81 (1923-2004)

Birthplace: Aberdeen, South Dakota

Joseph Hansen (July 19, 1923 – November 24, 2004) was an American crime writer and poet, best known for a series of novels featuring private eye Dave Brandstetter.
Hubert Humphrey is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People From South Dakota
Dec. at 67 (1911-1978)

Birthplace: Wallace, South Dakota, United States of America

Hubert Horatio Humphrey Jr. (May 27, 1911 – January 13, 1978) was an American politician who served as the 38th vice president of the United States from 1965 to 1969. He twice served in the ...more

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Crazy Horse is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People From South Dakota

Birthplace: Rapid City, South Dakota

Crazy Horse (Lakota: Tȟašúŋke Witkó in Standard Lakota Orthography, IPA: /tχa'ʃʊ̃kɛ wit'kɔ/, lit. 'His-Horse-Is-Crazy'; c. 1840 – September 5, 1877) was a Lakota war leader of the ...more

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Dorothy Provine is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People From South Dakota
Dec. at 75 (1935-2010)

Birthplace: USA, Deadwood, South Dakota

Dorothy Michelle Provine (January 20, 1935 – April 25, 2010) was an American singer, dancer, actress, and comedian.
Joseph H. Bottum is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People From South Dakota
Dec. at 81 (1903-1984)

Birthplace: Faulkton, South Dakota, United States of America

Joseph Henry Bottum (August 7, 1903 – July 4, 1984) was an American politician. He served as the 27th Lieutenant Governor of South Dakota and as a member of the United States Senate from South
Ernest Lundeen is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People From South Dakota
Dec. at 62 (1878-1940)

Birthplace: Beresford, South Dakota, United States of America

Ernest Lundeen (August 4, 1878 – August 31, 1940) was an American lawyer and politician. Lundeen was born and raised on his father's homestead in Brooklyn Township of Lincoln County near ...more
Billy Robinson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People From South Dakota
Dec. at 32 (1884-1916)

Birthplace: Redfield, South Dakota

William C. "Billy" Robinson (September 24, 1884 in Redfield, South Dakota – March 11, 1916 in near Grinnell, Iowa) was an early American aviator. Robinson moved to Grinnell in 1896 at ...more
Cindy Preszler is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People From South Dakota

Birthplace: South Dakota

Cindy Preszler (born 1960) is a broadcast meteorologist for WeatherSTL.com, a dynamic, interactive site delivering up-to-date weather information for the Greater St. Louis metro area. She was a ...more
Charles D. Gemar is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People From South Dakota
Age: 63

Birthplace: Yankton, South Dakota

Charles Donald "Sam" Gemar (born August 4, 1955) is an American former astronaut with NASA and a lieutenant colonel in the United States Army. Gemar has flown on three Space Shuttle ...more
Allen Benson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People From South Dakota
Allen Benson Dec. at 94 (1905-1999)

Birthplace: Hurley, South Dakota

Allen Wilbert Benson (July 12, 1908 – November 16, 1999), nicknamed "Bullet", was a professional baseball player who played pitcher in the Major Leagues in 1933. He would play for the ...more
Cash Asmussen is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People From South Dakota
Cash Asmussen Age: 56

Birthplace: Agar, South Dakota

Cash Asmussen (born March 15, 1962 in Agar, South Dakota) is an American thoroughbred horse racing jockey. Born Brian Keith Asmussen, in 1977 he legally changed his name to "Cash". ...more
Earl Caddock is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People From South Dakota
Dec. at 62 (1888-1950)

Birthplace: Huron, South Dakota

Earl Caddock (February 27, 1888 – August 25, 1950) was an American professional wrestler and World Heavyweight Champion who was active in the early portion of the twentieth century. As the first ...more
Gene Amdahl is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People From South Dakota
Age: 96

Birthplace: Flandreau, South Dakota

Gene Myron Amdahl (November 16, 1922 – November 10, 2015) was an American computer architect and high-tech entrepreneur, chiefly known for his work on mainframe computers at IBM and later his ...more
Kris Krug is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People From South Dakota
Age: 42

Birthplace: Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Kris Krug is a 2009 Shorty Awards nominee for the Photography.
J. A. Jance is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People From South Dakota
Age: 74

Birthplace: Watertown, South Dakota

Judith Ann (J. A.) Jance (born October 27, 1944) is an American author of mystery novels. She writes at least three series of novels, centering on retired Seattle Police Department Detective J. ...more
Cris Williamson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People From South Dakota
Age: 72

Birthplace: Deadwood, South Dakota

Cris Williamson is an American feminist singer-songwriter, who achieved fame as a recording artist, and who was a pioneer as a visible lesbian political activist, during a time when few who were ...more

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Gary Owens is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People From South Dakota
Age: 84

Birthplace: Mitchell, South Dakota, United States of America

Gary Owens (born Gary Bernard Altman; May 10, 1934 – February 12, 2015) was an American disc jockey, voice actor, radio announcer and personality. His polished baritone speaking voice generally ...more
Mary GrandPré is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People From South Dakota
Age: 65

Birthplace: South Dakota

Mary GrandPré (born February 13, 1954) is an American illustrator best known for her cover and chapter illustrations of the Harry Potter books in their U.S. editions published by ...more
Alvin Hansen is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People From South Dakota
Dec. at 88 (1887-1975)

Birthplace: Viborg, South Dakota

Alvin Harvey Hansen (August 23, 1887 – June 6, 1975), often referred to as "the American Keynes", was a professor of economics at Harvard, a widely read author on current economic ...more